#Thelxinoe ~ Classics News for January 10, 2022

Hodie est a.d. IV Id. Ian. 2775 AUC ~ 8 Gamelion in the first year of the 700th Olympiad

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Spinning held an important place in ancient society, and no, we’re not talking about ancient exercise classes. A task for women and slaves, it was used to create clothes, ships sails, and ropes, and its products were integral to all parts of society. An unchanging art for centuries and seen across the globe, spinning was an important practice in the ancient world. This week Tristan is joined by Carey Fleiner to discuss spinning’s role in myths, the textiles it helped produce, and its importance in antiquity.

In part two of the New Year Q&A Liv answers more questions on what it’s like to study Classics/the ancient Mediterranean and what you might consider. She answers questions about Odysseus and Theseus, and provides examples of good translations of ancient Greek texts. CW/TW: far too many Greek myths involve assault. Given it’s fiction, and typically involves gods and/or monsters, I’m not as deferential as I would be were I referencing the real thing.

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‘Sorting’ Out Your Day:

Today on the Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar:

If it thunders today, it portends a major wind, an abundance of grain, but a shortage of other crops.

… adapted from the text and translation of:

Jean MacIntosh Turfa, The Etruscan Brontoscopic Calendar, in Nancy Thomson de Grummond and Erika Simon (eds.), The Religion of the Etruscans. University of Texas Press, 2006. (Kindle edition)